The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation was pleased to present Holly Huston Krueger, Senior Paper Conservator at the Library of Congress, as its speaker on Friday, October 22nd at 4 p.m. With over thirty thousand original drawings for illustrations, cartoons and comic strips, the Library of Congress is one of the largest repositories in the world. The evening lecture will give an overview of the Swann, Cabinet of American Illustration, Art Wood, and Herb Block collections and the preservation issues particular to these materials. Krueger will discussed past and ongoing conservation actions as well as new directions in scientific preservation research on the Herblock cartoons.
The all-day Saturday workshop focused on identification of different materials used in the construction of cartoons and illustrations and how to assess the associated preservations issues. Treatment and housing solutions will be presented. A highlight for participants was creating their own cartoon using the same materials that Herblock used for the creation of his editorial cartoons. This allowed participants to see how the various pencils, white out, and papers interacted and how some of the preservation issues such as flaking media can be created.
The workshop was attended by 10 students ranging in abilities from professionals drawn from regional libraries to first timers drawn largely from Syracuse University's iSchool.
Holly Huston Krueger is a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Conservation in New York. She has worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Amon Carter Museum, and Perry Huston and Associates in Ft. Worth, Texas. She currently works as Senior Paper Conservator at the Library of Congress, a position she's held since 1992. During her tenure, she has been Team Leader for large, multi-year projects aimed at preserving vast cartoon collections. She has recently completed a five year project to conserve and house the fourteen thousand original drawings of Herb Block that were donated to the Library upon his death in 2001.
The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation is endowed through a generous gift by William J. ‘65, G’ 68 and Joan Brodsky ‘67, G’68 of Chicago, Illinois. Beginning in 2004, the endowment has been used to sponsor programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region. Programs will typically include lectures and workshops by prominent library conservators.